The Five Golden Benefits of Fasting
6What happens when you fast?
Decreased insulin levels activate lipase a fat burning enzyme. By fasting for three days the body will use glycogen reserves but from the third day, it burns fat as it enters a stage of ketosis. While this can lead to faster weight loss, it should never be tried without supervision or without consulting your nutritionist or doctor. It would be ideal to practice intermittent fasting instead or fasting once or twice a week.
Eating high carb foods or foods rich in protein during the day raises levels of insulin. Chronic insulin rise or hyperinsulinemia can finally lead to insulin resistance causing type 2 diabetes. Fasting can help prevent this condition and also reverse the problems related to diabetes. However, fasting will not help those with type 1 diabetes whose levels of insulin are already decreased in the blood. Moreover, if you are diabetic and on medication, then before fasting, consult your doctor. You should be careful about fasting as you will need to constantly track your blood glucose levels and blood pressure. In such conditions, fasting should be avoided or done under medical supervision.
In 2012, Dr. Thomas Seyfried published a book called “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer”. This has led to more research on how cancer is linked to metabolic problems as the body is always attacked by free radicals and carcinogens from food. During fasting, the body makes a choice which cells to feed, the cancerous ones or the healthy ones and invariably it chooses the healthy ones. The cancerous cells devoid of food will ultimately die. Fasting is a good strategy to prevent cancer.
The biggest risk to the heart comes from inactivity and unhealthy food leading to an increase in triglycerides and cholesterol. Medication to decrease cholesterol put people at risk of Alzheimer’s and reduces levels of vitamin K, A, D, and E which are fat-soluble vitamins in the body. Fasting reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. It maintains a healthy metabolism and prevents heart-related metabolic issues.
This is one of the best things that fasting can do for you. Instead of spending so much in anti-aging cosmetics, fasting is a healthy and natural way to combat early aging. Fasting delays calorie restriction. Thus fasting along with exercise retards aging from the inside. Fasting detoxifies the body and improves levels of growth heaven that regenerates cells and tissues. BDNF or brain-derived nerve factor that forms new nerves is also increased during fasting.